Wednesday, February 01, 2017

Health Effects of Marijuana

My Men's Health Daily Dose e-mail this morning has a link to a story on the health effects of marijuana. Nothing earth shaking, although it claims there's insufficient evidence to support claims of marijuana being effective in treating cancers:

"...the researchers concluded there’s moderate evidence showing no link between marijuana use and lung cancer or head and neck cancers. And there’s insufficient evidence to support a link either for or against pot and incidence of esophageal, prostate, and bladder cancer"

The article also says pot can exacerbate bronchitis:

 "...there’s substantial evidence that pot use worsens respiratory symptoms and causes more frequent episodes of bronchitis."

That's contrary to my own experience back when I used to smoke pot. I always felt it helped clear my lungs if only because I might cough up all kinds of stuff after I'd smoke it.

Regardless, the article closes with science's most common plea- more studies are needed: "..More research—comprised of high-quality, controlled trials and observational studies—still needs to be done, the researchers say."


At 8:40 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

I am always dubious on the claims of some that marijuana is a panacea for all ills. There is some very good evidence of its ability to help with some brain diseases like seizures and potentially Parkinsons and MS. What is particularly interesting is that the adverse effects are nothing like has been suggested by some e.g., smoking pot is worse than tobacco in terms of cancer risk.

At 9:22 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

They study for taxing & people control, not benefits. They go out of their way to prove the conclusions they want. Keep a watch on all who debunk their testing data. Truths will surface.
Without taxes, their grants shrivel up.
You are spot on again Fred!

At 10:33 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...

marijuana doesnt exacerbate bronchitis, thats bullshit. inhaling smoke exacerbates bronchitis. the author would do right to clarify. in their context, smoking lawn grass is the same as smoking marijuana when it comes to bronchitis. eat the stuff instead.

At 4:06 PM, Blogger Henchman Of Justice said...

Exactly Fred, smoke is a particulate that helps loosen material.

At 4:07 PM, Blogger Henchman Of Justice said...

Lawn grass is more harsh, chemicals and all.

At 5:28 PM, Blogger gabriele gray said...

Hey Fred,
Something you won't find in the regular press but should interest a seeker after the truth such as yourself:

"Docs for Cannabis? There's a Group for That

—Physicians organize to seek marijuana regulation, not prohibition"

And if you've a mind for other medical subjects, the MedPages is a great site for reading about things (esp. research) that you won't find elsewhere.

And smoking various herbs have long been recommended. I know mullein grows wild in Humboldt and it's one of the ones recommended...
Prostrate uva ursi (manzanita) also known as kinnikinick (spelling may be wrong) has long been an ingredient in Native American smoking blends. As the old time herbalists used to say, when in doubt, ask the locals. If they're still alive there some proof right there.

At 5:59 PM, Anonymous Ross Rowley said...

Four out of 5 doctors agree smoking Camels....blah, blah, blah.....


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